Turkish police Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who had gathered outside parliament to protest a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution.

 

Turkey, Ankara
Riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators during a protest against parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman, outside the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey April 26, 2016.

 

Police broke up a group of more than 100 protesters, preventing them from making a press declaration outside the parliament in Ankara, an AFP photographer reported.

 

The group chanted the slogan “Turkey will remain secular”.

 

A few protesters were detained by police, the photographer reported. Similar protests were also expected in other cities.

 

Parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said Monday the predominantly Muslim country “must have a religious constitution”, adding to concerns of creeping Islamisation under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

 

 

 

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